Coursey on the Case
This is the best commentary I’ve come across yet concerning the man being arrested for unauthorized wireless access. David Coursey’s take is spot on in my opinon.
…If I were Smith’s attorney, I’d defend my client by pointing out that many people intentionally leave a Wi-Fi access point unsecured so “guests” can use it to access the Internet.
Something makes me think Dinon’s network had an SSID (service set identifier) of “public” or “default” or maybe even “linksys,” all of which I’ve seen pop up on my own computer from time to time. I know of no way that a potential user could determine whether guest access is or isn’t acceptable to the open access point’s owner. …